Posted at 02:38 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2012 by dist9
Combating Suicides: An estimated 18 veterans commit suicide every day, which in just one year exceeds total casualties from almost 11 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The VA estimate doesn\'t reflect military suicides, which continues to frustrate senior leadership despite increased mental health services and a tremendous push to remove the stigma associated with seeking help. More must still be done, especially after Army announced this week that 38 active-duty and Reserve Component soldiers took their own lives in July, up from 24 in June, and on pace to exceed last year\'s total of 283.
If you know a veteran or service member who might need a little extra help, please refer them to the VA\'s Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, their online chat at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255, for free, confidential support. VFW Posts can also help spread the word by ordering free informational material from http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/Resources/SpreadTheWord.aspx